Wed, 07/05/2008 - 08:02
First quarter consolidated revenues at Lagardère SCA for 2008 were down 4.9% from 2007 at €1.8bn, but increased by 2.1% on a like-for-like basis (excluding changes in group structure and the effects of exchange rates), with the UK publishing division seeing "robust" growth in adult and children's fiction.
Thu, 03/04/2008 - 15:13
Weidenfeld & Nicolson is understood to have written off a number of author advances as it continues to trim its non-fiction list. The reductions are said to be a fall-out from last summer's three job cuts in W&N's non-fiction editorial team. Orion is aiming to reduce W&N's non-fiction output to 50 titles a year, down...
Thu, 13/03/2008 - 15:27
The profit margin at Hachette Livre UK was broadly in line with French parent company Lagardere's 11.2% profit margin, according to c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson. The increase was driven by "particularly good years" for the company's four main trade publishers, he told The Bookseller.
Hely Hutchinson said that...
Wed, 12/03/2008 - 18:07
Hachette saw its operating profit margin increase to 11.2% in 2007, according to final results filed by its parent Lagardere. The business recorded a "fine performance", the group said, with earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) up by 9.4%.
The group stated that all operating segments contributed to the profit growth. "...
Wed, 12/03/2008 - 08:08
Hodder has signed a new book from Russell Brand, to be released in time for Christmas this year. The deal for world rights was struck by Ben Dunn, Hodder publisher for entertainment, with Nik Linnen at the John Noel Agency, on the eve of Hodder's sales conference last week (6th March).
According to Hodder, the book can loosely be...
Fri, 22/02/2008 - 06:35
Hachette Livre, Albin Michel and book club France Loisir have launched a talking book joint venture aimed to widen the market beyond the partially-sighted and elderly and to appeal particularly to adults between the ages of 25 and 45.
Audiolib, which is owned 75% by Hachette Livre and Albin Michel and 25% by Bertelsmann subsidiary France...
Thu, 21/02/2008 - 13:19
Hodder Education will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its Teach Yourself series with the reissue in March, as facsimiles, of some of its original titles.
Pride of place will go to Teach Yourself to Fly (28th March, £5.99), first published in 1938 and recommended by the RAF during the Second World War. The book will...
Mon, 18/02/2008 - 08:02
The two biggest publishers in Britain are to offer dozens of likely bestsellers to read on a hand-held screen this autumn in a sign that, after many false dawns, the electronic "ebook" may finally have arrived, reports the Sunday Times. Two rival devices due to come on sale in Britain over the next few months – Sony’s...
Thu, 14/02/2008 - 08:18
Hachette Livre is looking to buy an educational publisher in the UK, according to chairman and c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry. The group's presence in educational publishing was "more modest" than in other sectors, he said. "If the right opportunity comes along in this sector, we would be interested."
"We are always...
Mon, 11/02/2008 - 08:39
Ian Metcalfe, formerly editorial director of Collins Bibles, has joined Hodder Faith as its publisher for bibles and digital media. He will report to Wendy Grisham, director of publishing, and will also work with m.d. Jamie Hodder-Williams to develop Hodder's digital strategy.
"Ian will be integral to developing and implementing...